Six Cities in Odisha to Have Lesser Air Pollution

In a recent webinar Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar declared six cities in Odisha among 122 non-attainment cities included under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). These six cities will have reduced air pollution levels soon. The webinar was conducted on the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.

The webinar was also attended by Babul Supriyo along with the Ministry of Environment Secretary RP Gupta. Together they launched a brochure on integrated measures to combat air pollution under NCAP.

The Environment minister mentioned that the Centre had launched the Air Quality Index (AQI) monitoring in 2014 and currently the pollution levels are being tracked on eight parameters. Also, as the country has been migrated to BS-VI standards, quality petrol and diesel is being provided, which is an important initiative to fight against pollution.

The minister also stressed on the use of electric vehicles and suggested to adopt zig-zag technology in brick kilns in various states to reduce pollution. He also encouraged the use of public transport.

Initially, the plan had identified 102 non-attainment cities across 23 states and union territories. Later, 20 more non-attainment cities including 6 from Odisha were included under the NCAP based on the latest data trend on air quality.

The six cities in Odisha include Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Talcher, Balasore, and Rourkela.

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